Asperger’s Syndrome Therapy – Counselors and Therapists in Chesterfield
John has Asperger’s but was not diagnosed until early adulthood. As a result, his family did not understand the best ways to relate to him while he was growing up, and his social circle was small, though he did have a few close friends.
He eventually met a woman he would later marry, and with her he began to explore social skills as a learnable skill. Eventually, he became more comfortable in social situations and learned to be aware of when he needed to step away for a break. He now has one child and a successful career in software development, which both suits his personal interests and his desire for a position that doesn’t involve excessive interaction on a daily basis.
Asperger’s syndrome is on the autism spectrum. While it used to be considered separate from autism, that has changed in recent years, though the label is still frequently used. People with Asperger’s are usually more high functioning, able to communicate with others, and generally lead a “normal” life. While it cannot be cured or healed, it can be treated with counseling and medications. The exact number of people who have Asperger’s is unknown, but it can be very distressing to receive this diagnosis for your child or loved one. Interestingly, some adults may actually find a diagnosis relieving, as it may help explain experiences they’ve been dealing with throughout their lives.
Though learning you or a loved one has Asperger’s may feel distressing, there is help available. Thriveworks Chesterfield counselors have the experience necessary to help you work through your diagnosis and develop a plan to live the life you ultimately desire. You’re not alone.
Primary Symptoms of Asperger’s
Asperger’s often goes undiagnosed until later in life, perhaps school age or older. In fact, it’s common for adults to be diagnosed. Because many of the symptoms involve things that become more obvious in social settings, they go unrecognized until the person begins entering more complex social situations.
Common symptoms include:
- Social skills problems—These may include an undeveloped ability to detect when the other party is attempting to change the direction of the conversation.
- Unique preoccupations and rituals
- Specific or limited interests—One young child with Asperger’s has a particular interest in animals. He loves talking about them with anyone who will listen.
- Communication difficulties—Perhaps the person struggles with communicating their thoughts, particularly verbally.
- Problems with coordination
- Eccentric or repetitive behaviors
- Particular skills or talents—The child mentioned above has an exceptional memory and can quote lines of text he’s read verbatim. He is still in grade school.
There is a wide variety of symptoms that will be exhibited by an adult or child with Asperger’s syndrome. Although this disorder will be with someone for a lifetime, there are ways to manage and learn how to best cope with it, through various techniques. Thriveworks Chesterfield counselors can help you and/or your child learn how to best manage your symptoms.
Techniques for Management
Behavior modification is helpful in creating reinforcements for positive behaviors, and then also decreasing problem behaviors. This can be very effective with children, though adults can also benefit from it. With social skills training, we can set up and practice various social settings that may be difficult for you or your child in order to help overcome the fear or misunderstandings that may accompany these situations. For John, mentioned at the beginning of this article, that practice has been invaluable. With frequent practice in a group of people John felt comfortable with, he was able to develop conversation skills that help him when in groups at work, with his family, and in his relationship with his wife.
All of the special challenges people with Asperger’s face can be managed by time spent developing skills—conversation skills, social skills, listening skills, time-management skills, coordination skills, and more. Though developing these skills takes time and effort, the payoff is well worth it. Every person deserves to feel comfortable in the world; there are a variety of skills that can help make this easier.
Thriveworks Chesterfield counselors are experienced in this area and can help create an action plan for growth in the future. In our offices, we will use various methods to help foster understanding and growth for you or your child. While a cure is not possible, change for the better is a realistic hope.
Whether you’re seeking Asperger’s counseling for yourself or a loved one, keep one thing in mind: normal is relative. While Asperger’s can be managed, it’s a syndrome that remains for life. What we’re concerned with is helping you or your loved one develop skills that will enable you to lead your most authentic, positive life.
Why Choose Thriveworks Chesterfield Counselors for Asperger’s Therapy?
When you conducted the search that brought you to this page, you were most likely inundated with choices. It can be difficult to know where to start when looking for a counselor or therapist. If you are searching for help with your child, your worry about picking the best therapist can reach even higher levels. You can rest easy with the choice of Thriveworks Chesterfield. We have licensed and experienced professionals certified in positive behavioral supports, behavioral analysis, and autism spectrum observation diagnosis, ready to assist you or your child.
Whether you suspect an Asperger’s diagnosis, have recently been given this news, or have been dealing with this for years, we are ready and able to help.
We pride ourselves on not operating with a waiting list. We respect that your time is valuable and that the decision to make that first call is never easy. We want to be ready when you are ready for help. For that reason, we have appointments available within 24 hours for most new clients.
Autism Speaks. “Interventions and Treatment Options.” Autismspeaks.org.